Nationwide reflection for victims of Christchurch terror attack
March 22, 2019 7:27 am
A public vigil held for Christchurch mosque shooting victims in Mangere South Auckland. Source: RNZ
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has announced there will be a nationwide reflection today.
This is in prior to a week since the mosque massacre for those killed in the Christchurch terror attack.
The Muslim Call to Prayer at 12.30pm(Fiji Time) will be followed by a two-minute silence at Hagley Park, opposite the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch.
This will be broadcast widely with New Zealanders encouraged to join in wherever they may be.
In a statement, Ardern says she knows many New Zealanders wish to mark the week that has passed since the terrorist attack and to support the Muslim community as they return to mosques.
She says, how we choose to reflect during the silence will be different for each of us and that everyone should do what feels right for them, wherever they are – at home, at work or at school.
Ardern adds that planning is also continuing for a National Memorial Service which will be held next week, and while this will be in Christchurch, they are looking at how to involve the rest of New Zealand.
The New Zealand Prime Minister concluding her statement, saying that as a nation, as one, they will pay their respects to those who died in Christchurch.